More Artistic Endeavors

I had to bring back this feature for a one day stand when I came across the following websites. Besides I haven’t done much sewing because of a long lasting cold. Eye candy is more fun than reviews of cold remedies.

Jane Perkins

Perkins says, “In my current body of work, Plastic Classics, Old Masters are given a contemporary twist. I use anything of the right size, shape or colour: toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewellery, curtain hooks, springs etc. No colour is added – everything is used exactly ‘as found’.” I enjoy Perkins’ cheeky renditions of art classics and applaud her chutzpah in using throwaway plastics.

The Birth of Venus
Monet’s Water Lilies

Holly Wong

From her website: Holly Wong is an artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California. She was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in New Genres. Holly creates installations, assemblages and works on paper, integrating non-traditional approaches with more traditional sewing techniques associated with the history of women. Her approach is both non-conventional but also deeply rooted in her history and culture.

I love the transparent nature of Wong’s work and the interplay of shadows in the free standing pieces.

Wong uses dichroic film, vinyl table cloth, plastic bags, gold foil, hand-painted vellum, thread, candle smoke, polyester tulle, duralene plastic, plastic rope, cotton gauze, origami paper, and monofilament wire in installations, works on paper, mixed media, and photography. I give her full marks for listing candle smoke as a medium.

WPA Posters Documenting and Presenting the Posters of the WPA 
(U.S. Works Progress Administration 1936 -1943)

From the website: The lavishly illustrated book Posters for the People: Art of the WPA amasses nearly 500 of the best and most striking posters designed by artists working in the 1930s and early 1940s for the government-sponsored Works Progress Administration, or WPA. Posters for the People presents these works for what they truly are: highly accomplished and powerful examples of American art. All are iconic and eye-catching, some are humorous and educational, and many combine modern art trends with the techniques of advertising and commercial designs.

Mind you, many, many of the posters are bog standard and could have easily been produced by high school students. You have to search for the gems.

I’m linking to Off the Wall Fridays.

8 Comments

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8 responses to “More Artistic Endeavors

  1. I usually enjoy WPA art; at the very least it’s usually better than I could do!

  2. I read this first thing yesterday morning and it was a lovely way to start my day, with a great variety of interesting images. Thank you!

  3. Rebecca in SoCal

    There are some stunning posters in the WPA collection, and some curiosities. I have bookmarked it to peruse later, but I love the cover poster for “silkscreen reproductions.”

  4. That was a fun and interesting post, thank you for sharing these artists. I hope you are feeling better soon.

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